Wellness Tips



On Being a Massage Therapist

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016 in Wellness Tips | Comments Off on On Being a Massage Therapist

On Being a Massage Therapist

Whenever someone asks me what I do and I reply, “Massage therapy,” many questions follow. Why, how, for how long, etc.? I get the obvious comments from people who have preconceived notions from TV and movies and often I find the person turning around to show me where on their back it hurts. Because my background is different, I cannot speak for all massage therapists, but I will try. For me, massage therapy is a natural extension of being a physician. For others it is a calling or because of a past injury for which massage helped, they...

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Overwhelmed?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Wellness Tips | Comments Off on Overwhelmed?

OVERWHELMED? I see a lot of overwhelmed people in my practice. Overwhelmed by current events in the world, oversubscribed at work and at home, exhausted from “burning the candle at both ends,” and now, the holidays. Holidays involve travel, parties, decorations, too much food and drink, and too much stressing about presents and expectations. Here are some tips for dealing with this stress. Determine who is best at planning, cooking, shopping, cleaning, and delegate. Someone might be the idea person and the other, the go-fer. Plan meals...

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Connective Tissue, Scar Tissue and Massage

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Newsletter, Portland Massage, Scarborough Maine Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | Comments Off on Connective Tissue, Scar Tissue and Massage

When most people think of massage, they think of muscles; however, massage therapists also deal with connective tissue, or the supporting structures of the muscles and surrounding tissues. I would venture to say that connective tissue (CT) is the most underappreciated part of the anatomy. CT is mostly defined in terms of loose or dense, and except for ligaments and tendons, is rarely given a proper anatomical name. Very little lecture time was spent on it during medical school and not much more in massage school. After 15 years of medical...

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Noncardiac Chest Pain

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Portland Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | Comments Off on Noncardiac Chest Pain

Noncardiac Chest Pain

So it’s not your heart…. One of the most perplexing issues when I practiced medicine was chest pain in a pattern that was classic for angina pectoris, but with a negative EKG and other cardiac tests.  My most worrisome case was a gentleman who had already diagnosed coronary artery disease who would appear in the ER for repeat evaluations.  We doctors were always nervous sending him home when his EKG and tests were negative. Now that I have been practicing muscular therapy for the past 10 years, I have found musculoskeletal explanations...

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The Neck

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Portland Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | Comments Off on The Neck

The Neck

Pillar of Stress? When you are in medical training you learn that the most sensitive and vindictive organ is the pancreas and that you should do very little to aggravate it.  As a corollary, the neck is the most sensitive and controlling skeletal part of the body, often becoming hypervigilant after an accident.  As a massage therapist, I see a lot of complaints that arise from problems in the neck—pain, stiffness, fatigue, headaches, sleep disorders, and upper extremity pain, numbness and tingling.  If trigger points develop, one can...

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Community Economic Health

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Portland Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | Comments Off on Community Economic Health

Community Economic Health

My usual Health Notes topics include personal health, nutrition, or something massage- related.  This month I would like to discuss co mmunity health—with an economic, rather than a public health viewpoint.  Over the past 18 months, I have become involved with both the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Buy Local group and the Cape Business Alliance.   Their focus is to create awareness of what local businesses have to offer in terms of goods and services, but also what local businesses bring to the community.  Not only do these businesses...

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Helpful Tips to Save Your Joints

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Portland Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | Comments Off on Helpful Tips to Save Your Joints

Helpful Tips to Save Your Joints

Some of you have arthritis or other joint problems and many of you have loved ones with these problems.  Below are some helpful tips on making life easier and some of these suggestions might make good gifts. ***Place cushioned mats in front of your sink and stove and other areas where you must stand for prolonged periods. ***Replace frequently used door knobs with lever type handles.  (You can open them even with your elbow.)  I had these in one of my houses and I liked them much better than the standard knobs. ***Check out the kitchen and...

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Weight Loss – Part Two: Making Good Food Choices

Posted by on Feb 7, 2012 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Portland Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | Comments Off on Weight Loss – Part Two: Making Good Food Choices

Weight Loss – Part Two: Making Good Food Choices

Dieting is hard.  You can’t just give up food like you would cigarettes or alcohol—you must make changes in the types and amounts of foods you eat.  In my previous newsletter, I discussed changing habits surrounding eating, so here are some new ways to look at food choices.   (If you missed last month’s newsletter, email me and I will send it to you.) One of the ways I control what I eat is by limiting myself to those foods that are homemade.  By cooking “from scratch,” you can control the amounts and types of fats and...

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Weight Management Secrets: Changing Habits

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Portland Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | 0 comments

Weight Management Secrets: Changing Habits

Many of you know how much I like to talk food, grow food, cook food and best of all, eat food.  Yet how do I keep my weight down, many of you ask?  I should come up with a gimmick, write my book, make my millions and retire.  But I like what I do, so I will share my “secrets”, and keep on working.  Many of these ideas are simple, but not necessarily easy to accomplish. The first premise is to change habits, and the second is to make different choices.  Just changing the habits alone can sometimes “tip the scales in your favor.” ...

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Walking and Its Benefits

Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Cape Elizabeth Massage, Portland Massage, South Portland Massage, Wellness Tips | 0 comments

Walking and Its Benefits

I have devoted many columns to this topic mostly because I, like many of you, love to eat, but need exercise to keep my weight down.  I am not particularly inclined to go to the gym to “work out,” but find that if I walk an average of 10,000 steps a day, I can keep my weight constant.  If I dine out, or eat more during the holidays or while on vacation, I know that I need to increase my walking and my pedometer helps me gauge that.  Walking more while eating less will allow for weight loss. Wearing a pedometer is a handy way to...

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